Opinion

Community Economic Development Initiative stalls

Community Columnists

"Order! Order!” bellowed Chairperson Ork Dorken as he opened a special meeting of the Homeland Security Committee in the historic ZCBJ community hall. The town’s 12 electors were giddy with expectation, looking forward to three major economic development reports. Old Sievert was sitting ...

City leaders out of control

Letters to the Editor

Richard Pardon Minot Welcome to the “Tragic” City (formerly the Magic City) a city of high taxes, a out of control city manager, mayor and city council! Folks the “Magic” in Minot left us a long time ago. We are a city in decline! By the way, congratulations to the Ward County ...

Journalism matters because democracy matters

National Columnists

n in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous ...

Hijacked and more

Editorials

Hijacked While it wasn’t the busiest spell in local news last week, there was (still is) one or more armed robbers presumably on the loose, budgets were finalized and snowy weather arrived. Still it seemed the news cycle was stolen by fascination with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation ...

ND residents should benefit from flaring

Letters to the Editor

Thomas Jacobsen Hettinger These days North Dakota is a clear leader in producing an abundance of natural gas. So much so, it must be flared and cannot be captured. In addition, exportation of the captured gas is rapidly increasing through benefits of more pipelines. My question is, why ...

Gaming the system explained

Letters to the Editor

William Schuh Mandan Heitkamp’s campaign ads trash Cramer for voting against requiring insurance companies to accept people with preexisting conditions without charging a higher rate. They show Cramer warning against allowing people to “game the system.” Well let’s examine this. ...

History supports Trump’s trade efforts

Letters to the Editor

Dennis Renner Mandan Since World War II, the United States intentionally entered into unfavorable trade agreements with its allies to rebuild Europe and to support foreign policy objectives. We now find ourselves the victim of agreements that border on the insane – from allowing Canada ...

Where was Ford’s support?

Letters to the Editor

Richard Reuer Minot The night before Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing I used this verse to support Brett in whatever happens that God was on his side. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against ...

Time to take a stand

Letters to the Editor

Kathy McGhan Secretary of Bottineau County Right to Life A reminder to the public, October is Respect Life Month. It is more important than ever to take a stand on your thoughts and concerns regarding the sanctity of human life. Become involved by becoming a member or assisting in ...

ND to honor Clint Hill, a bonafide hero

Editorials

It would be hard to find a better pick than Clint Hill. Perhaps Teddy Roosevelt himself would say the same. Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday announced former U.S. Secret Service agent and author Clint Hill as the 44th recipient of the North Dakota Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state’s ...

Pro-abortion left vs. Kavanaugh

National Columnists

I've been writing for years about the depth of the culture war taking place in America. I've done so with trepidation, with knowledge that without resolution, culture wars can turn into physical wars. It happened once in America. Can it happen again? The first major violent confrontation ...

On health care, voters want more choice and less politics

National Columnists

Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters' minds heading into the midterm elections. It's a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. Just 34 ...

Treating the Court as a Political Branch

National Columnists

Harsh winds are blowing on Capitol Hill. The hoped-for and feared clash between Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh and his principal accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, has come and gone, with all of its calculated and spontaneous outbursts, as well as gut-wrenching emotion. Dr. Ford subjected herself ...

So, every idea is on the table for school expansion talk?

Editorials

Discussion over the needs of Minot public schools is an important conversation, but it is also one laden with assumptions and beliefs that might or might not be valid. First of all, with the growth of Minot youth in recent years, additional facilities may be needed now and in the short ...

Could Kavanaugh’s anger be righteous indignation?

National Columnists

Why is Brett Kavanaugh so upset? It's a question few ask because so many already think they know the answer. The most common explanation — the hot take so hot it melted the conventional wisdom and forged a new concrete groupthink — is that Kavanaugh was so angry because he represents ...

Seriously mentally ill

National Columnists

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ ...

County move commits to veterans

Editorials

Ward County’s well-constructed – and now approved – budget became an even stronger road map in its final form because a second part-time veterans service officer was added to the plan for 2019. The question of a second staffer has been a controversial one. Some assert the position is ...

Investigate the Senate Democrat wrecking machine

National Columnists

How did we get here? The Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination circus didn't happen by accident. The emergence of incredible — and by "incredible," I mean the literal Merriam-Webster definition of "too extraordinary and improbable to be believed" — accusers in the 11th hour was no ...

Are Republicans born wimps?

National Columnists

Republican leaders are "a bunch of wimps," said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing "nice guys." "The US needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps." So tweeted the son ...

Clear communication helps with rash of crimes

Editorials

Last year, a slate of burglaries alarmed and aggravated Minot residents. Some of the crimes were relatively small-scale and clearly carried out on some dysfunctional whim. Others were slightly larger scale and clearly planned ahead of time. Presumably because of police action, eventually the ...